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That the People Might LiveLoss and Renewal in Native American Elegy$
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Arnold Krupat

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451386

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451386.001.0001

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Authors and Writers

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That the People Might Live

Arnold Krupat

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines a variety of written expressions that may be read in the context of elegy and are attributed to Native American authors. It begins by considering Black Hawk's autobiography Life, published in 1833 by John Barton Patterson. Life was long read as elegiac in the Western sense, mourning what was irrevocably gone, and Black Hawk's narration is more nearly elegiac in the Native American sense; it is not Western mourning but indigenous “melancholic mourning” of a particularly creative kind. The chapter also analyzes Black Elk Speaks (1932), Reverend William Apess's Eulogy on King Philip (1836), and the elegiac poetry of Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, John Rollin Ridge, and others.

Keywords:   elegy, Native American authors, Black Hawk, autobiography, Black Elk Speaks, William Apess, Eulogy on King Philip, elegiac poetry, Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, John Rollin Ridge

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